1/4 Scale RoboCop printed in.....FDM PLA?

So I like to mess around with large scale stuff. I’ve decided to take a 9" figure designed to be printed in resin, and try scaling it up 150% in FDM PLA plastic.

Who thinks this will turn out well, or will it be an absolute train wreck? Sound off, and then tune in!

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Any bets on the outcome? Has anyone here @ Kitmaker tried printing any figures with FDM?

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if it is a filament 3d printer then i would avoid it as you are likely to see the individual layers, liquid resin is the best way to go.

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thanks for your feedback! 1 vote for fail!

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I’m thinking that it will have plenty of print lines, since it is FDM and not resin. However, I don’t think that it will fail per say, but I also don’t think it will look superb.

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Great feedback! So maybe 50/50 it will turn out acceptable?

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I have no clue about printing but the larger the scale the more visible areas will be, and taking into account RoboCops helmet is super smooth, any resin lines are going to stand out massively and take away a lot of realism. Personally, if I could see lines, I wouldnt want it.

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I appreciate the feedback Johnny! I’m starting with the legs so I’ll post some pics when they are printed.
I had some luck getting layer lines out of my 1/6 Apollo figure so that got me thinking…
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Hope it wasnt taken as a negative… When I see resin lines it just puts me off as like I said, it takes away the realism

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Hope it works out but I think it will probably have lines. If under primer or otherwise that will be enough to matter to you might be a different story.

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should have one of the legs ready to clean up supports and see what I got soon.
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Printed and removed the supports for a leg. Still needs cleanup, but it’s usable IMHO.
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looks pretty good to me.

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so far it seems pretty plausible to me, but we’ll see when I get to the “hard” bits!
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I printed the right leg and it turned out pretty well (although I did snap off the strut during clean up).
I’ll be detailing more on the next episode of the show.
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Latest Episode with an update on the RoboCop 3D print and some other news.

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I gave a quick update on this print on the most recent show posted up Saturday. I’ll also have another update here on the arms by the end of this week.
Stay tuned…

Printed the right arm and I think it turned out pretty well.


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More work on Murphy. So far I’m pretty happy with all the parts. I plan on making him damaged after the Ed-209 battle. Just need to see what I have after the hardest part - the head gets printed. I give a small update on episode 2 of the show, but won’t really get back to this on camera until July.

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Successfully printed all the RoboCop pieces. I’m really happy with the results, although it took a couple tries on the arms and head.
After starting the project, I had a new crazy idea that I knew would not be feasible with the PLA head, so I ended up hedging my bets and also printed a head in resin. So there will be some resin in the final figure.

But even in resin some of the very fine scribed OCP Police text in the helmet didn’t really print. It’s not a big deal because he’s going to be in rough shape after messing with ED-209 and entire Detroit Police Force.

PLA head on the right, and the Resin head is on the left.


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